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HPE has been awarded a contract by the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) to build one of the world’s fastest supercomputers that will be based in Finland. The project is valued at more than $160 million.

The new supercomputer, which EuroHPC JU refers to as LUMI, will help European researchers and private and public organizations “advance R&D and drive innovation” in areas such as healthcare, weather forecasting, and AI-enabled products.

EuroHPC JU’s LUMI, a “pre-exascale” system, will have a theoretical peak performance of more than 550 petaflops, which is equivalent to the performance of 1.5 million laptops combined.

LUMI will be powered by HPE Cray EX supercomputers featuring next-gen AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct GPUs.

LUMI will be hosted in CSC – IT Center for Science in Kajaani, Finland and will be shared by 10 European countries as part of the newly formed LUMI consortium. The consortium includes Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The new system will be available in mid-2021.

EuroHPC JU’s LUMI is the second system that was contracted to HPE to build, following the Euro_I4TI system for IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in Ostrava that will be the Czech Republic’s most powerful supercomputer.

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